Football: 28 Earn GNAC Academic Honors
Dixie State's Brock Johnson (12) and Humboldt's Taylor Mitchell (39) have the top two GPAs on the GNAC All-Academic team.
Dixie State's Brock Johnson (12) and Humboldt's Taylor Mitchell (39) have the top two GPAs on the GNAC All-Academic team.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore.  - A total of 28 student-athletes – including nine from Dixie State University and eight from Azusa Pacific University - have been selected to the 2013 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Academic all-conference football team.

Humboldt State linebacker Taylor Mitchell has the best GPA among the honorees with a 3.86 in business administration.  That is just slightly better than Dixie State's Brock Johnson, who has a 3.85 GPA.

Johnson is one of 10 repeaters on the academic team from last year.  Dixie wide receiver Matt Porrazzo was the only player selected for the third year in row.

GNAC Football Academic All-Conference Team
*Jake Henderson, APU (Physical Education, Sr., 3.548, Fontana, Calif.
*Mark Neely, APU (Christian Ministries, Sr., 3.501, Golden, Colo.
Lance Barker, APU (History, Sr.,3.369, Anaheim, Calif.
*Paul Flores, APU (Mathematics, Jr., 3.321, Azusa, Calif.
Blake Zamora, APU (Applied Exercise Science, Sr., 3.276, Chula Vista, Calif.
*Nick Grunsky, APU (History, Sr., 3.274, Folsom, Calif.
*Tyler Thornton, APU (Business, Jr,, 3.258, Bakersfield, Calif.
*Marcus Mendillo, APU (Business Administration, Sr., 3.236, Chula Vista, Calif.
Matt Burke, CWU (Economics, Sr., 3.75, Laguna Hills, CA)
Matt Christiansen, CWU (Communication/Law & Justice, Sr., 3.46, Spokane, WA)
Gabe Bruno, CWU (Mechanical Engineering, Sr., 3.37, San Francisco, CA)
Cole Graves, CWU (Clinical Physiology, So., 3.29, Kirkland, WA)
Ridge Nielsen, CWU (Business Administration, Sr., 3..27, Mesa, AZ)
*Brock Johnson, DSU (Accounting, Jr., 3.85, Layton, UT)
Brody Garr. DSU (Business Administration, Jr., 3.75, Taylor, UT)
Mitch Frei, DSU (Business Administration, Sr., 3.54, Santa Clara, UT)
Griff Robles, DSU (Business, Sr., 3.48, Spanish Fork, UT)
Nick Largent, DSU (Criminal Justice, Sr., 3.47, Escalon, CA)
Kevin Speer, DSU (Criminal Justice, Sr., 3.45, Tracy, CA)
**Matt Porrazzo, DSU(Integrated Studies, Sr., 3.43, Rescue, CA)
Sean Gibson, DSU (Communications, Sr., 3.42, Herriman, UT)
Colin Wilson, DSU (Communications, Jr., 3.39, Frisco, TX)
Taylor Mitchell, HSU (Business Administration, Jr., 3.86, North Bend, WA)
*Mick Johnson, HSU (Business Administration, Sr., 3.65, Reno, NV)
Casey Mintz, HSU (Psychology, Jr., 3.60, San Jose, CA)
*Alex Markarian, HSU (Business Administration, So., 3.29, Chino Hills, CA)
Shane Kuenzi, WOU (Business, So., 3.59, Salem, OR)
Alexander Bradt, WOU (Interdisciplinary Studies, So., 3.48, Salem, OR)

**Two-time repeater *Repeater